The State of Readiness

Things can and do happen to us by dangerous people and only our preparation and state of readiness stands between us and them.


I’m not paranoid.  Paranoia is a false state or irrational fear that people are out to get you.  I know people are out to get me since enough people have tried.  It takes work even for someone who makes his living training and writing about officer survival related issues.  But I know, deep down in my soul, that it can happen to you or me at anytime one any call…

It was a sleepy Sunday late morn in Copley, Ohio when a suspect armed with a gun went on a rampage.  Officer Ben Campbell had little idea that he would soon be confronting and shooting the suspect who had just killed seven people and wounded an eighth.  But Ben was prepared and he was ready.  As a former member of the local university tactical team he had been trained in the use of the carbine he was armed with and effectively neutralized that deadly threat.  Ben, who I had the opportunity to train, is a hero and told me that he now has a new respect for training and that he was on auto-pilot the whole time.

Although the question is begged can you ever be ready for this type of incident, the answer must always be – you have to be.  If not us, who?  If not now, when?


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About The Author:

Kevin Davis is a full-time officer assigned to the training bureau where he specializes in use of force, firearms and tactical training. With over 23 years in law enforcement, his previous experience includes patrol, corrections, narcotics and he is a former team leader and lead instructor for his agency's SWAT team with over 500 call-outs in tactical operations.


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